A ‘heads up’ for all you MMA fans in the New Jersey area: tickets for the UFC Super Bowl card go on sale today.
UFC 169 will host duel title fights, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will both be defending their belts against some tough opposition: Cruz will finally return from his 2+ year layoff, facing interim champion / human wrecking ball Renan Barao in a title unification fight, and longtime champ Aldo will defend his strap against Ricardo Lamas. The ‘big men’ will also be represented, as former heavyweight champion Frank Mir squares off against former Strikeforce and K1 champ, Alistair Overeem.
UFC 169 will emanate from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, February 1st. The main card action will be seen via pay-per-view, following the prelims on FOX Sports 1.
“We put together a fight worthy of Super Bowl weekend,” UFC President Dana White stated. “It’s the fight that everyone has been waiting for: champion vs. champion – Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao for the 135-pound title. Plus, the unstoppable Jose Aldo takes on the man everyone has been waiting to see him fight, Ricardo Lamas. Aldo has been the 145-pound champion since 2009 and he’s torn through the featherweight division. But Ricardo Lamas has heavy hands, great wrestling and will be the toughest test of Aldo’s career.”
Lucky UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets today at 10 a.m. ET., and UFC e-newsletter subscribers can purchase their tickets on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET. General public sales start on Friday through Ticketmaster or the Prudential Center box office at 10 a.m. ET. Prices range from $50 to $400.
It will be interesting to see how much the long layoff will play a part in Cruz’s performance, as this will be his first fight in over 2 years. Cruz last fought in October 2011, when he faced Demetrious Johnson for the bantamweight championship. To keep the long layoff in perspective, Johnson has since moved down to flyweight, won the title in a tournament after it had been delayed, and will soon defend the belt for a third time.
Before he was shelved with back-to-back knee surgeries and the required rehab, Cruz defended his title against both Johnson and Urijah Faber. Barao then stepped in and won the UFC’s interim title when Cruz had to pull out of a title fight with Urijah Faber with a knee injury. Barao most recently defended the temporary belt with a “Submission of the Night” win over Michael McDonald in London and a “Knockout of the Night” win over Eddie Wineland in Toronto. The Brazilian hasn’t lost a fight since his pro debut in 2005, and is currently riding a 21-fight win streak.
Equally terrifying in his dominance, featherweight champion Jose Aldo hasn’t lost in eight years, with wins over Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar and, in August, a TKO of “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung. His opponent Ricardo Lamas has won four straight after his drop from the lightweight division, with wins over Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and a win over Erik Koch in January.
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